join us for our
30th anniversary
celebration in 2020!

save the date!
Friday 30 October - Sunday 1st November 2020

New Creative Victoria Funding Welcomed!

Our Festival is most pleased to learn that we are one of the recipients of a Victorian Government package to support the creative sector which was announced on Sunday 26 April 2020. We will receive $35,023 to respond to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Given how decimated the creative arts sector has been by the virus, we are delighted to be using this funding to contribute towards the delivery of a strong artistic program supporting and celebrating Australian talent.

A Special Performance for International Jazz Day

In celebration of International Jazz Day guitarist, Stephen Magnusson, and trumpeter, Eugene Ball, are proud to present a set of new compositions and improvisations. Though they are dear friends and musical colleagues with a rich and long-standing history, the opportunity for them to perform in the intimate duo setting is a rare and treasured opportunity.  Eugene Ball was a finalist in the National Jazz Awards 2003 and Stephen Magnusson was a tied winner with James Muller in 2000.
 
This performance is presented by the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues. The Festival board and artistic team are looking forward to staging the 30th Anniversary Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November 2020. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for more information on this year’s Festival.

Festival update

Thank you to all our supportive patrons who have reached out to us. In terms of our 30th Anniversary Festival, it is early days and the situation is rapidly changing as we all know. We continue to plan for the delivery of our festival (30 Oct to 1 Nov 2020). We are working on contingencies now and are factoring a number of scenarios into our planning, as we continue to monitor the situation.

The plan for the 30th Anniversary is to celebrate Australian home-grown talent, recognising that over the course of our history, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues has nurtured and supported Australian talent.  We have also been at the forefront in showcasing both emerging and established artists, many of whom are now well-recognised on the international scene.

Over coming weeks, as we lead up to International Jazz Day, we will share with you some wonderful music clips from some of our past National Jazz Award winners. We might throw in some blues too.

As regards tickets for this year’s festival, we expect early bird tickets to go on sale May/June pending the situation at that time.

Thank you all for your patience and support as we work through our plans with hopes of having lots to celebrate at the end of October.

calling for sponsors and ambassadors

The festival is currently in discussion with interested sponsors. There are a range of ways to become involved with the 30th Anniversary Celebration Festival, including joining our team of Festival Ambassadors.

If you’re interested in having a chat about how you could be involved, please contact Leanne via email or phone 0404 248 765.